Portable CD Player or Smartphone?


By Jessica Spoto

Many people listen to music on their smartphone because, well, it’s very convenient — and who doesn’t have their smartphone on them? Now, before we jump in here too soon about listening to music on your smartphone versus a portable CD player, you should know a little history about the smartphone.

Amazingly enough, the first smartphone came out in 1994, and it cost only $900. (That was a lot to many people back in the ‘90s.) The IBM Simon, it didn’t do much; it featured apps like solitaire. This smartphone only worked in the United States, and only in 15 states. The practicality of it outweighed the hefty price tag for most people. Because of the price of the first smartphones, and many after that, the popularity of the smartphone didn’t pick up until 2007. In 2007 the cost of a smartphone was a lot cheaper and more accessible.

There must have been a time in your life when you didn’t have a smartphone. Anyone remember? You may have been in middle school, even elementary school. You may remember the flip phones — you know, phones like Blackberrys? Many flip phones did not offer an option to play music.

If any of you remember the portable CD player, it was commonly equipped with features like these: options to turn up the bass, skip through songs and plug into speakers. You may be thinking, what’s so great about that? Well, think about it: How many times a day do you use your phone? On average, a typical smartphone dies within five hours (depending on how much you use your phone). A portable CD player usually takes two double-A batteries and lasts on average about 22 hours and 15 minutes.

If you do not use your phone and use a portable CD, then you can conserve your battery life throughout the day. That way you can leave your phone for those much-needed cat videos and important chats from random people on your Facebook friends list. Well, in all seriousness, you can absolutely save battery on your phone, meaning you won’t have to have the irritation of having it die or having to charge it every five hours.

So strongly consider using a CD player for music — not only for saving money and battery, but also for your enjoyment. So, go back to the early 2000s and crack out your portable CD player!


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